Focus of the Week (12/10/18)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

12.10.2018 – 12.16.2018



  • Pummeling and low back clinch – Controlling the clinch is controlling the match. This is where we can learn to control and take our partner to the mat.
  • Side Control Bottom – Frame and pummel escapes – Learning how to frame and pummel on bottom of side control is massively important. Keeping the elbows in tight and avoiding the head wrap will help you avoid getting submitted and having the partner on top advance. Keep in mind that next week we will add in escapes from headlocks on the ground. These movements all tie in together.


  • Drills: De la Riva to anaconda
  • Takedown: Single Leg (dump and outsdie trip)
  • Ground: 100k escapes 1-5 and frame


Kickboxing – Leg Kicks

This week in KB 1, we look at attacking the legs of our opponent, using the outside low kick and the inside low kick. These two kicks are designed to attack the lead leg of our opponent and cause damage, which in turn with slow our opponent down, and opens up another level of our offense (head, body, legs). We will also look at the basic defense for low kicks, by “checking,” and how to counter and return properly.

Muay Thai – Teep Defense & Counters

Last week we focused on the mechanics of our teeps and push kicks, this week we will look at the different ways to defend and counter them. Like all kicks, there are a number of defenses, which include: evading, intercepting, redirecting, and catching. We will drill all of these and look at which counters work best.

Kids –

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing – Jab, cross, and elbow
  • BJJ – Tackle the Giant, Duck and Tackle, Clap and Tackle, review Bulldozer and Spider Kid
  • Game – Helicopter
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on basic jabs, crosses, and elbows. Make sure the students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Tackle the Giant. In order to be successful with this move, students must understand the fundamentals of a wrestling stance, how to shoot while still keeping their head up, and to grab the giant around the knees. Set up the takedown using both Duck and Tackle (when the giant throws a punch) and Clap and Tackle. Revisit Spider Kid and Bulldozer if time allows.

Tigers – Whtie Belt

  • Standing – Rear Bear Hug
  • Ground – Guard Bottom – Triangle

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Duck Under off the post
  • Ground – Back defense – Safe Side

Thoughts – Facing Failure and Setbacks

One of the most difficult barriers we face in athletics, business, and in life is the fear of failure. Failure and setbacks are an unavoidable and inevitable part of the journey towards success. The most successful people are the ones who possess a high tolerance for failure. Everyone has heard how Michael Jordan was moved to the JV squad his first year of high school, how Edison failed over 10,000 times before he succeeded in building the light bulb. Although, these stories are commonly told to inspire, the message is valid and important. If you have never failed at anything in your life, let me save you the suspense….you will eventually fail at something, and experience a setback of some kind. What is important is that from failure, you learn a lesson, and use what you learn from that lesson to move toward success. As Paulo Coelho says in his excellent book The Alchemist, “The trick to life is falling down seven times, and getting up eight.”


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